Dead fish seen in Cordova-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
DEAD fish have been seen in a fish pen in Barangay Bangbang, Cordova, raising fears the oil spill caused by a ship collision last Friday is now taking its toll on marine resources.
This, as four platoons from the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard were deployed to different barangays in Cordova to help contain the oil spill.
Each platoon was composed of 45 Coast Guard personnel, and 120 from the Air Force and Navy.
In Talisay City, the City Council approved a resolution declaring all coastal barangays under a state of calamity because of the oil spill.
The City Council, led by Talisay City Vice Mayor Romeo Villarante, approved the resolution for the immediate release of calamity funds for fishermen.
The resolution was in response to the declaration of a state of calamity in Cebu Province.
Talisay City Councilor Valeriano Ylanan, the resolution’s proponent, told reporters fishermen have complained of catching contaminated fish.
Francisco Villabos, marine environmental protection command master chief, said they cannot determine until when the cleaning operation will be.
Villabos said they have requested gas masks to use in the operation.
Members of the Nagkahiusang Mananagat sa Bangbang (Namasba), a fisherfolk’s association, showed grouper fish that died because of the oil.
Teofilo Sumagang, secretary of Namasba, said there were about 200 dead grouper fish seen last Saturday and Sunday.
The number rose to more than 300 last Monday after the oil contaminated a bigger area.
Sumagang said they used to sell the fish for P450 per kilo to restaurants.
He said they have not gone to sea since the oil spill reached their town.
Victor Inoc Jr., a member of the association, said he tried driving a pedicab as an alternative livelihood.
In a press conference, Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said they will clean up the mangrove areas first. Next will be the shores.
He said eel and sea shells, which are abundant in Cordova, are rarely seen now.
Sitoy said the only alternative livelihood of the fishermen in the town is driving a pedicab.
“As of now we cannot give an alternative income because we have no job opening,” the mayor said.
Sitoy said they will continue to give assistance to the affected families.
Capitol will also give, but Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said he cannot say how much.
Lito Salvio, assistant vice president of the 2GO Group, said they are focusing their attention on the cleanup operation.
Salvio said 2GO will continue to coordinate with the mayor.
Sitoy was thankful the Gilutongan Marine Sanctuary was spared. It’s where the town gets its tourism income.
Yesterday, several sacks of human hair from salons and coconut husks were brought to Barangay Day-as, Cordova to be used in containing the oil.
At the Cordova Public Market, there were only three vendors seen selling fish and other sea products.
Dading Obrador, a fish vendor, lowered the price of his tuna to attract customers.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 21, 2013.